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Open 4 Business Portal

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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website


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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended to End of October

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The Government's furlough initiative, known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, is to remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor has announced. The four month extension means employees who are currently unable to work will continue to receive 80% of their current salary.

From the beginning of August, those who have been furloughed will be able to return to work part-time, with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff. The employer payments will substitute the contribution the Government is currently making, ensuring that staff continue to receive up to £2,500 a month.

The Government says it will explore ways through which furloughed workers who wish to do additional training or learn new skills are supported during this period. It will also continue to work with the Devolved Administrations to ensure the scheme supports people across the UK.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said:

'Our Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has protected millions of jobs and businesses across the UK during the outbreak - and I've been clear that I want to avoid a cliff edge and get people back to work in a measured way.

'This extension and the changes we are making to the scheme will give flexibility to businesses while protecting the livelihoods of the British people and our future economic prospects.'

The scheme will continue in its current form until the end of July and the changes to allow more flexibility will commence from the start of August. More specific details and information around its implementation will be available by the end of May.

How To Apply

Applications are now open. Details of what applicants need to make a claim are available at

Applicants will be able to submit information to HMRC about the employees that have been furloughed and their earnings.

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